I don't know what it is about hunts, but my son loves them. They can be as simple as looking for my phone when I misplace it or searching for his headset! No matter the type of hunt, word hunt, scavenger hunt, etc. he loves it! He gets all excited and the light bulb goes off in his head and he is busting out words like there is no tomorrow.
A little background, my son says to me that he is not smart, he doesn't know how to read or do things and he really does. He may not be the best at it, but he does know how to read. I hear him when he is playing video games or watching TV. He likes to have the subtitles on and I hear him reading them or if there is a sign or something in a game, he will look at me and say, this says, ....., it is amazing to see. Now when it comes time to read something he is not excited about, he struggles.
But, I believe the struggle is mostly because he is bored. I know I don't like to read books that I am not interested in, I get tired and annoyed real fast...lol
So that brings us to the hunt, the silent "e" hunt. The game is simple, print out the words and the star template here. Cut the words and star out. I attached the star to a ruler with tape and I taped the words around the room. Our living room and dining room are one, so I have a lot of room. Have your kiddo go around the room with the magic "e" wand, have him or her say the word without the "e", then have them hold up the wand to the end of the word and say the word with the "e".
Let me know in the comments if your kiddo loved the hunt and remember for more games and worksheets you can check out my store here.
,Tomorrow we are starting another week of learning! I will admit, I had a rough week last week. I got frustrated because I feel that my son is never going to be at the "grade level" that schools expect him to be at his age. This is one of the reasons why I elected to traditionally homeschool him, I felt him being pushed through was not good.
Like I said I was frustrated, but I reached out to my homeschool support group on Facebook and I feel better. My favorite comment was that, not all kids in brick and mortar schools are at the same level, every kid is at a different level in different subjects. That got me thinking, I found these free assessments to give your child to see what level he or she is at.
So after all my worrying, he is right where we are at in our current language arts curriculum. Yes he is behind, but I have to accept the fact that he will always be behind. So I will just keep trucking away and hopefully when my husband and I decide to enroll him back into the online school, he was attending, he will be ready. Keeping my fingers crossed.
So with that said, I created this neat little game call Long and Short Vowels Wishing Well. You can print out the templates here. Once you print out the stones with the words on them, glue the whole sheet of paper to a cereal box and covered it with clear packing tape and then cut out the stones. I am cheap so I don't have colored ink in my printer, but the activity is in color.
I used buckets for the wishing wells, but you can use any type of container, it can be jars or boxes, whatever you have around your house will work. Once you have the stones and labels cut out, just tape the labels on the containers, put the stones face down on the table and have your kiddo, pick one, say the word, help them if they need help with the word and ask them if the vowel sound is a short or long, once they answer have them put it in the right "wishing well"
Here is what my set up looks like, again, yours will be in color, if you have a color printer.
I would love to hear how you practice long and short vowels, let me know in the comments!
I decided that every Saturday I will be taking my kids hiking during the fall season. We had our first hike this past Saturday. So being my first hike I didn't really know what to expect. I wanted it to be this cool scavenger hunt and collect things to make crafts out of later. Well, it didn't quite work out that way.
We did use the scavenger hunt hike sheet I created, which you can print for free here. My son was pretty excited to use the sheet to find things and mark them off. So that was a good thing, but we didn't collect anything. I felt that nature should stay in nature. Maybe on future hikes I will feel different, but that day, I knew that nature needed to stay in the woods.
I think the best part is when we got chased by a dragon fly, everyone ran except my middle child, she just stood there looking at us like we were crazy, lol. Here are a few pictures of the neat things we saw during our hike.
Here is a preview of the scavenger hunt printable.
Since I am new to the whole lets go hiking every Saturday, how do you incorporate learning during your hikes? Let me know in the comments!
I am reviewing blends with my son. It seems like he has gotten it down, but it doesn't hurt to practice. So I created this awesome packet to do just that. You know me I don't like to keep amazing things to myself, so I am sharing this packet with you for FREE!
Who doesn't like free stuff?!? You can print the packet here. Below is a preview of a game that is included with the packet.
If you enjoyed this packet you should check out the other packets I have:
What activities do you do to practice consonant blends? Let me know in the comments.
My name is Robin. I am a homeschooling mom of three and I just love to find ways to make learning fun. I am so excited to share my ideas with you. I try to make my ideas as inexpensive as possible. Most of the items I use are things that are around most houses and if you have a printer and ink you are all set. Please feel free to use these ideas in your own learning adventure with your children.